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For Iowa Republicans, 2016 Is Already Here

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responds to questions from reporters at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he part
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responds to questions from reporters at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he participated in a small business roundtable meeting with area business representatives, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Across the nation, the GOP is in the midst of an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz who argue for ideological purity against more mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic, inclusive party approach to governing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The next time a disdainful pundit or pious political strategist repeats the mantra that it's "way too early" to talk about the next presidential campaign, you have permission to ignore that decree.

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